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Launch of the European Day of Sustainable Communities

22 September 2017 | 9.00 a.m. to 1 p.m.

European Economic and Social Committee 
Rue Belliard 99, 1040, Brussels

The first ever European Day of Sustainable Communities will showcase the critical contribution that community-led initiatives on climate change and sustainability are making to support EU policy goals in these areas. The launch event in Brussels on 22nd September is co-hosted by ECOLISE - the European network for community-led initiatives on climate change and sustainability - and the EESC

ECOLISE is a network of 38 member organisations, registered in 17 different European countries and with activities in most EU Member States. ECOLISE members include international networks of community-based initiatives such as the Transition Network (representing over 1200 Transition initiatives), the Global Ecovillage Network (15,000 ecovillages), the Permaculture movement (3 million practitioners globally) and ICLEI, the association of local governments for sustainability, as well as organisations specialising in European-level research, training and communications to support the groundswell of community-led action on climate change and sustainability. 

The joint event will open a dialogue between policy makers and grassroots movements on how best to support citizen and community-led initiatives in building pathways towards a low-carbon, ecological future. 

The event will include a live link-up to communities from across Europe that are transforming themselves through their innovative approaches to sustainable living. This will be followed by a panel debate on the potential of collaboration between policy makers and communities to work together to increase community-led action on climate change and sustainability in Europe. 

A draft programme and a registration form will be available soon. For any questions, please email sdobservatory@eesc.europa.eu.